I'm sitting in my hotel room in Passau listening to a very loud thunderstorm. A bit of last minute high speed peddling meant we made it to the hotel just in time.
I met my younger brother, Damian in Regensburg on Friday night. This was after six days of sometimes tough cycling to ensure I got there on time. The wind had shifted to the east which meant it was straight at me and that combined with poor quality compacted sand paths and some long distances meant the rest day in Regensburg was much needed.
I passed through the ingolstadt area which had a fair amount of industry. Hq of Audi makes it pretty wealthy I suspect but it was not the best cycling. The pretty uninspiring scene changed dramatically at Weltenburg where the river runs into the Francoian Jura mountains and the resulting narrow gorge can only be passed by boat. Not only dramatic but it meant i got a break from the headwind too.
I finally emerged into Regensburg which is as attractive as I had heard. There was some sort of event going on for the Holiday weekend which meant most of the students were dressed in traditional Bavarian dress. This also meant the night usually reverberated to the sound of drunken German singing.
Damian picked up his rental bike which will be collected from Vienna. Not a bad bike but it had no spare inner tube or pump. When we asked the bike shop we were told that was because the "excellent tyres" were puncture proof. A shame he didn't tell that to the drawing pin we found in the front tyre three hours later, luckily in a town with a bike shop.
We are now entering the most popular part of the Danube. Whereas two weeks ago I was lucky if I saw another cyclist every half an hour now I see them every 30 seconds.The Next few days could be great cycling but with a lot of overtaking.
Day 26. 73m/ 116k
Day 27. 62m/ 99k
Day 28. 70m/ 111k
Day 29 rest day Regensburg
Day 30 58m/ 93 k
Day 31. 36m/ 57k
Cumulative. 1430 / 2287k